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Chuck Close, Up Close

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This 48-page picture book tells the story of Chuck Close's life as an artist and his struggles -- from overcoming learning disabilities as a child to fighting paralysis as an adult. Close's monumental portraits, interpreted from photographs to reveal the fragments and wholeness of personality, are featured in collections around the world.The publication of Chuck Close:, Up...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published March 15th 1998 by DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley)
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I love this book. Honestly, this book was another deciding factor in my becoming a children's librarian. And, I often think, "if only there had been books like this when I was a kid!"

In picture book format, Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan (who have numerous other phenomenal art books for kids) introduce the reader to artist Chuck Close. It's a fabulous venue for exploring an artist's world and the meaning of portraiture. One of the first works in the book is the artist's ginormous 7x9 foot photo...more
Paige Soule
Very interesting, well written book. Good lessons by just relating the artists life.
The Styling Librarian
Utter brilliance, too much amazing artistry to be confined to one book. I loved the middle portion of the book, the persistence and creativity of the artist, and the inspiration of creating art even after a devastating physical experience. Highly recommend for anyone who has a child 4th grade through high school interested in art. The question and answer section of the book was perfect and the one area of the book I raised my eyebrow at was so quickly and properly addressed I was quite impressed...more
Another cool, informative book by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan.

Yes, it's a kid's book, but a very cool kid's book.

If you'd like to learn a bit about famous painter Chuck Close, this is a great place to start. The authors interviewed the artist so a lot of the text is in his own words. The book includes many of Close's portraits as well as photographs of the artist at work. His reductive, disciplined process is really fascinating.
Jason Speros
This is very short book, but what it has is gold. I read one of my favorite quotes ever in this book.

“I think problem solving is highly overrated. Problem creation is much more interesting. If you want to react personally, you have to move away from other people’s ideas. You have to back yourself into your own corner where no one else’s solutions apply and ask yourself to behave as an individual”. - Chuck Close
As a kid I always hated that when it came to more complex art they never actually gave much insight on how I could do it. Instead, projects would be included that often did not challenge me enough. This book spoke to the young artist in me and gave me more of a clue of how I could do something like Chuck Close. I know I would have cherished this book as a child and I loved reading it even as an adult.
This book was written for a Junior-High reading level. There's even a glossary of terms at the end. I didn't know that when I put it on hold at the library, but it was still pretty neat. A nice 20-minute read with big pictures. I propped the book up on my coffee table and looked at the pictures both up close and from a distance.
Great images of his work in detail. Bio stuff was engaging and well-written. Young adults would like this book, too, because it's short, easy to identify with and the paintings are examined in a really different and unique way (just like the paintings themselves).
Mar 10, 2010 Kate rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Gigantic. Smooth surface. Cool. Gray. Precise. Deadpan. Dazed. Quiet. Wordless. Every inch of the face is revealed. You can count the eyelashes. The pupils are larger than Ping-Pong balls.
I only wish this book were longer! What a fascinating guy. Fascinating life. And truly remarkable artist. Cheers to Chuck Close!
Brenda Kahn
Do I really need two Chuck Close books in my school library? When both are amazingly written and designed, yes!
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